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Theater & art

summer | dance

Michelle Dorrance, making tap for the 21st century

One of the hottest tap artists of her generation, 33-year-old Michelle Dorrance is known for creating tight, polished choreography within lively theatrical contexts — sometimes provocative, often laced with touches of offbeat humor. Tall and lanky, a charismatic solo performer, she can unfurl complicated, inventive rhythmic sequences with blistering speed and remarkable tonal color, yet sidle gracefully into a sweet soft-shoe.

Even so, when she learned she’d won the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, her first reaction was disbelief. “I said, ‘Isn’t there someone else you want to give this to?’ ” she recalls.

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